Pakistan’s top court has suspended the transfer orders of Islamabad police chief Jan Muhammad.
The chief justice has taken notice of the case on Monday and summoned the interior secretary to the Supreme Court.
“The transfer was not according to the law,” said Chief Justice Saqib Nisar. “Does the government transfer such officers? The Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar case is being repeated.”
The issue is about a minister’s son, said the top judge. He asked whether a senior police officer would be transferred on this matter.
He said the IG was transferred due to a political matter. We will not allow state institutions to be weakened like this, he vowed, adding that they want rule of law to prevail in the country.
The secretary told the Supreme Court that the establishment secretary transferred the police chief without informing them.
Justice Ijazul Ahsan asked: “What is the government doing with the police? Will those who decline to follow illegal orders be sent home?”
The top judge remarked that they have to review if the transfer was ordered on ‘ill-intentions’.
The establishment secretary told the court that the transfer case has been going on since some time. “PM Office was not satisfied with the performance of IG,” he remarked.
The chief justice asked what role the establishment secretary play in the transfer. “Do you have the powers to do whatever you want? Why shouldn’t we transfer you too?”
He further remarked why the PM was so eager to give verbal orders? “Does the government work on verbal orders?”
The court summoned the affidavit of the establishment secretary and advised him to submit a reply on the advice of PM Imran Khan.
The federal government has been ordered to submit reply by Wednesday.